Bodh Gaya's Forgotten Holy Place
|The following article is from the Autumn, 1993 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.|
The beautiful Bakror Tibetan Buddhist Temple and monastery is situated close to the place where, over 2,500 years ago, Buddha Shakyamuni spent six years sitting in meditation for the purpose of purifying all defilements of his body, speech and mind. This event is one of just a few significant activities which hold great meaning in the life of the Buddha.
It was from Bakror that, purified by his years of meditation, Shakyamuni set off for Bodh Gaya and attained Enlightenment. The historical significance of this area is recognized by the fact that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has visited Bakror Tibetan Monastery four times. Bakror Tibetan Monastery lies 2 km from Bodh Gaya, Bihar, in unspoiled desert landscape. Away from the touristy bustle of Bodh Gaya, the walk to the Monastery will take you past rice fields, palm trees and the tiny mud hut village of Bakror.
A short walk from Bakror Tibetan Monastery brings the pilgrim to a small shrine under a large banyan tree along the Narajana River, designated as the place where the Buddha Shakyamuni sat for six years in meditation. From here, it is just a few minutes' walk to the historical Sujata Place, the banyan tree under which Princess Sujata offered Buddha Shakyamuni a bowl of rice cooked in milkthe first food he ate in six years which energized him for his walk to Bodh Gaya.